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Guidance Document Change: The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools guidance document was developed in response to House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161, enacted by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, which directed the Virginia Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools. These guidelines address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to: compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; maintenance of student records; identification of students; protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and use of school facilities.
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1/18/21  6:22 am
Commenter: Elizabeth Skaggs

No judgement...

I believe a safe, respectful environment in schools is not a privilege, but a right to all. Male, female, all races, and transgender kids. Everyone. I don’t think it’s my place to put judgement on others, in particularly kids who have faced unbearable internal struggles with their gender, because it’s something that neither I, nor my child, has ever had to face! If you don’t know that persons struggles, why would any loving person want to add to that? They are someone’s child, and as a mother, it would break my heart if someone treated my son badly. For any reason! The suicide rates for these kids are incredibly disturbing. Providing a safe environment at schools where kids spend the most time, and the most formative of their years, is the least we can do.

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